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Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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During your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, observe as thousands of pilgrims come to praise the god Ganesa and to cleanse their spirits. Learn about the temple's turbulent history, including several attempts by the French to destroy the building, all of which were fortunately halted by fervent protests from the Hindu population. As you enter abundantly decorated halls, notice the 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) engraved golden chariot made entirely with devotees' donations. Shops surround the temple, so you can purchase a souvenir to remind you of your visit. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Pondicherry holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Best ever God such as vinayagar Granite put in this temple is amazing All details of Lord ganesha is naturally painted on the wall  more »
  • A royal place of worship, gives a rich-feeling of being out-of-the world inside there. Very well arranged interiors, super-good Deity and pious people. Marriages are being performed in this temple reg...  more »
  • This temple I am told was built by a Christian Frenchman in his Bungalow's Garden ( please google for the history before you visit ). Temple has an usual and fascinating history. The temple vibrates w...  more »
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  • Very much crowded all the time. But very pleasant place. I noticed many devotees come here with new vehicle and one of the Pujari do the the ritual and give blessings to new vehicle.
  • Nice temple to visit while at Puducherry. They have an elephant that blesses you in return for cash. They bring it in the evening. There was some controversy in the treatment of the pachyderm but being in it's presence is humbling.
  • Very historic and famous temple in pondicherry where Lord vinayagar shown his miracles during the inception of temple. The writing goes that the then french governor of pondy tried to remove the idol from the temple and put it in the sea, but how many times he tried, the idol reappeared in temple. Inside the temple you will find sculptures of lord ganapathi in countless forms. A must visit place in pondy.
  • This is 500 year old temple with theertham and thalavirutcham vilwam, separate queues for dharshan and archana is a unique feature.Golden chariot & Silver Chariot adds beauty.Lakshmi Elephant of the temple is the pet of the pondicherry temple
  • Good temple, well kept and ambient. Visited it on the day of Pongal and was surprised to be a part of their procession. The idol was brought out and there was a cute big elephant to welcome us.